Looking at the Web through XML Glasses

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Looking at the Web through XML Glasses
The Web so far has been incredibly successful at delivering information to human users. So successful actually, that there is now an urgent need to go beyond a browsing human and make information accessible to applications, in order to offer automation, inter-operation and Web-awareness among services. To do so, information from Web sources needs to be accessible in a structured way. XML and its various extensions (data-models, query languages) are a step in this direction. Unfortunately, the Web is not yet a well organized repository of nicely structured XML documents but rather a conglomerate of volatile HTML pages, for which structure has to be extracted. To address this problem, we present the World Wide Web Wrapper Factory (W4F), a Java toolkit for the generation of wrappers for Web sources. Our main contributions are: (1) an expressive language to specify the extraction of complex structures from HTML pages; (2) a declarative mapping to XML documents, with the automatic generati...
Arnaud Sahuguet, Fabien Azavant
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Type Conference
Year 1999
Authors Arnaud Sahuguet, Fabien Azavant
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